We review BMW’s big plug-in hybrid sedan


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What is it: All new for 2017, this flagship sedan combines a 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine and electric motor to make 322 hp. A 9.2 kilowatt-hour battery sits under the rear seat. When fully charged, it delivers 13 miles of electric only range.

Key Competitors: Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8, Lexus LS

Base Price: $90,095 As-Tested Price: $100,595

Highlights: BMW’s biggest luxury sedan gets a touch of green from a supplemental electric motor and battery pack. It still offers all the luxury of a normal 7-Series, but lets its owners feel better about driving around a gigantic car.

Our Opinions: I achieved 44.1 mpg over my 40-mile, mostly highway commute to work. I started with a fully charged lithium-ion battery pack and resisted several urges to pick up the pace. In doing so I was rewarded with a remarkably quiet and smooth ride to work. It was comfortable, calm, and boring. But that was a choice. I could’ve simply switched to sport and rifled through traffic with my usual insatiable need to reach my destination sooner. This 7 does either with aplomb.

Hearing four-cylinders, instead of eight or twelve, momentarily let me down, but truthfully it’s time to concede that’s a bygone era ready to be put to pasture. You’re never wanting for power in the 740e with the addition of a torque-all-the-time electric-motor supplant. And, when the tank was empty, I stopped at the pump and filled it again with only 10 gallons of fuel. Impressive for something this big and plush.

Robin Warner

Robin Warner

– Robin Warner is Editorial Manager at Autoweek. He once tried and failed to become a professional race car driver, but succeeded in learning about debt management and having a story to tell. A former engineer, Warner loves cars for their technology and capability.

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On Sale: Now

Base Price: $90,095

As Tested Price: $100,595

Drivetrain: 2.0-liter DOHC turbocharged I4, 9.2 kWh electric motor, AWD eight-speed auto

Output: 322 hp combined output; 295 lb-ft @ 1,550 rpm (369 lb-ft combined output)

Curb Weight: 4,740 lb

Fuel Economy: 64 mpge combined/27 combined (gas only)(EPA City/Hwy/Combined)

Options: Executive package ($4,100); Driver Assistance Plus ($1,900); Driver Assistance Plus II ($1,700)

Pros: Silky smooth full-size sedan sacrifices nothing for its green cred

Cons: Expensive; limited EV-only range

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